Saturday, October 10, 2015

Caramel Apple Mummies

caramel apple mummies
Messy Messy Fail - I never even think to look at tags for washing directions on clothes anymore.  I figure that clothes from the stores I buy at do not require dry cleaning, unless it is a dress or dress slacks.  So imagine my surprise when I pull one of the new tops my sister purchased for my birthday out of the washer to see that it had shrunk.  100% rayon, dry-clean only.  I did iron and get it almost back to its original shape, but not quite the same.

Tidy Victory - I was able to go through all of the UPKer's and the toddler's clothing drawers and remove everything that was too small.  In one day.  I shocked myself.  

I had braces for 10 years.  Okay maybe it was more like 3, but it felt like 10.  During those horrid 3 years, my junk food intake was severely limited.  No Doritos (the corner of the Dorito would get under a wire and pop it off), no popcorn, and no caramel apples.  The last item was the worst, because it was one of my favorite foods.  I loved getting a huge caramel apple rolled in peanuts during the autumn season.  

I would typically purchase these at my Happy Place (Wegmans) every fall to enjoy, when I was suddenly struck with the inspiration to make my own.

I'm always up for a challenge - how hard could these be?

And what could I do to make them even more fun?

Splatter them with white melting candy and make MUMMIES of course!

Here's what you need:

  • 5 medium size apples, whichever type you prefer
  • 5 popsicle sticks
  • 1 bag of melting caramels (I used Kraft)
  • 1 bag of white melting candies (I used Wilton)
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips (I used mini chips)
  • 1 medium size baking sheet
  • parchment paper or silicon baking mat

Here's what you do:
  • Thoroughly wash and dry your apples.  Remove the stems and insert a popsicle stick into each apple.  Place them in refrigerator for about an hour before dipping into the caramel.  

  • Remove the wrappers from all of the caramels and place in a medium size saucepan with two tablespoons of water.

  • Place on the stove over medium/low heat, stirring constantly until melted.

  • When caramel is completely melted, get your apples out of the refrigerator and place them close to the caramel.  Have your baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat ready.
  • Carefully holding the popsicle stick, dip each apple in the melted caramel and use a spatula or small ladle to help cover the apple.  Scrape the excess caramel off of the bottom of the apples.

  • Place the apples on the baking sheet with the parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  • Put the apples back in the refrigerator for about another hour to let the caramel set.
  • Time to mummify your apples - let a small sauce pan of water simmer on the stovetop.  Remove from heat and place half the bag of white melting candy in a medal mixing bowl and place over the hot water (double boiler!)
  • Constantly stir the white melting candy until completely melted.
  • Carefully holding the caramel apple by the stick again, use a small spatula or spoon to haphazardly drizzle/wipe/glop the melted white candy onto the apple to look like a mummy.  The more random, the better!

  • When covered to your liking, place chocolate chips for eyes and a smile on your mummy.

  • Place the apples back onto the baking sheet and put back into the refrigerator to set again.

  • Enjoy as a special treat!

One thing I will do differently next time - I'll use regular sized chocolate chips for the eyes, the mini chips proved to be too small.  However, they still tasted good!

Be careful with the caramel, it does get quite hot and you don't want to burn yourself.

A little healthy and a little sweet - the perfect combination!

Who knew these would be so easy to make?  I'll never buy these at the store again!

AND I still have 1 bushel of apples left to use :)

What should I make with my apples next?

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Carlee said...

I still have dreams where I accidentally pop a bracket off my teeth. Blah! I am so glad not to have to worry about that any more. Especially because it means all the caramel apples I want! These mummies are so cute!

Katie said...

Hehehe what a nightmare right? My orthodontist was always lecturing me :) Thanks I was pretty happy with how they turned out considering I was completely making this up as I went! Thanks for stopping by again Carlee!

Mustlovehome said...

Hello Friend, You always have the best projects!!! Thank you for sharing at the Friday Favorites Link Party! Please join us again to share what you have been working on this week. Hugs - Christine at Must Love Home

Katie said...

Hi Christine, thanks for stopping by and your kind words are much appreciated!! See you at the next link party :)

Jennifer said...

These are so adorable and much easier than wrapping fondant strips around them! Love caramel apples! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays! Hope to see you next week!

Katie said...

Hi Jennifer, thanks I did see some projects online where people use the fondant and I thought, that just sounds plain expensive :) Happy to share, thanks for stopping by and we'll see you next week for sure :)

Christine | Mid-Life Croissant said...

I love these! I also had braces and couldn't eat so many things. The only thing I couldn't live without were bagels. I'd cut them up super thin and gnaw away. Thanks for bringing these adorable apples to #SaucySaturdays. I'm such a fan of Halloween!!

Katie said...

Hi Christine - you've gotta do what you've gotta do right?!?! :) Thanks for stopping by and I was happy to party. Halloween is almost here!!!!!